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State Police: Local teacher dies after tire hits her car on Interstate 690

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: State Police: Local teacher dies after tire hits her car on Interstate 690
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VAN BUREN, N.Y. -- A local teacher was killed after her car is hit by a loose tire on the highway.

It happened on Interstate 690 in the Town of Van Buren just after 1 p.m. Thursday.

State police say the tire came off a boat trailer. The tire then flew into the oncoming lanes, hitting the windshield of a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Jennifer Miles, who was killed.

There were also two children in the car, her 1-year-old and a 4-year-old child she was babysitting. They were taken to a local hospital with minor cuts.

"This is a complicated incident, it's a very tragic incident also, I might add. It's just a fluke, it's a very, very unfortunate situation," said New York State Police Capt. Jeffrey Raub.

Miles was a teacher at McNamara Elementary School in Baldwinsville.

The driver of the other vehicle will be ticketed for having an unregistered boat trailer, and police say there's no evidence it had been inspected.

Statement from Baldwinsville School District Superintendent Jeanne Dangle

The Baldwinsville superintendent says counselors will be available to students when they return to school next week.

Superintendent Jeanne Dangle says the district has also reached out to the families of Miles' students to see if they need anything and McNamara Elementary will also be open for the adults Friday if they need anything.

Dangle says she knew Miles from before she got her teaching certificate. She told Time Warner Cable News that teaching was Miles' dream job.

She said, "Jen was one of the kindest people you would ever want to meet. She is an exceptional teacher. She is one in a million."

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